HCC utilizes both internal and external instruments to assess student learning at the course, program, and institution levels.
Each course at HCC uses a common syllabus that was approved by the department, Curriculum Committee, Representative Assembly, and Board of Trustees. Each syllabus states the measurable course outcomes and competencies that must occur during the teaching of the class. In addition to this, the syllabus also states the common assessment instruments the instructor must use when teaching the course. The listed assessment instruments are the minimum amount that are required to be used. An instructor has the ability to use more instruments at his/her discretion. These common syllabi allow for consistency to take place across the institution regardless of the mode of delivery or the location.
Instructors utilize evaluation tools to lead to the assessment of student learning; however, it is important not to confuse evaluation with assessment. Assessment focuses on learning, teaching, and outcomes through its process-oriented approach while evaluation focuses on grades with its being product-oriented. To assist with creating course assessment and evaluation tools, an instructor should use Blooms’ Taxonomy, which can greatly assist creating a range of learning measurements that progresses into higher learning. This way, the course outcomes and competencies can be introduced, reinforced and mastered. Furthermore, Classroom Assessment Techniques can provide quick and simple ways to assess the student learning taking place.
Upon completion of the assessment instrument used to assess the course outcome, HCC faculty report the number enrolled at the time the assessment instrument was given, the number of completers, the number of achievers, and any notes about the assessment instrument. “Completers” are defined as those who completed the assessment instrument, and “achievers” are defined as those who successfully completed the assessment instrument.
Program Review Assessment
Continuous assessment of programs assists with keeping the curriculum current and meaningful. HCC has in place a structured program review process following the HCC Program Review Guide which involves a cycle in which each program conducts a thorough data-driven assessment review and then provides annual updates about its ongoing work. Programs that have outside accreditation complete their required self-study and submit it along with annual updates in place of the HCC Program Review. The HCC Program Review Schedule can be accessed here.
HCC utilizes a variety of assessment methods at the institutional level. These include the following:
Direct Assessment Instruments
Course Outcomes Mapped to Institution Wide Outcomes
Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) Tests
ACT WorkKeys Assessments
Indirect Assessment Instruments
HCC Academic Experience Student and Faculty Surveys
HCC First Semester Experience Survey
HCC Graduate Questionnaire
HCC Graduate Follow Up Survey
HCC Student Services Satisfaction Survey
Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory
Annual Surveys/Projects/Reports Completed
HCC completes many surveys and reports using data about many different facets of the college. The following provides a list of many of the surveys, projects, and reports completed either annually or biannually. The information is then made available to be reviewed and analyzed both internally and externally.
ACT Institutional Data Questionnaire
College Board’s Annual Survey of College
Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Institutional Update
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey
Kansas Board of Regents Reports
National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP)
National Community College Cost and Productivity Project (NCCCPP)
Peterson’s Annual Survey of Undergraduate Institutions